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Nevada Cop Block Will Be Attending Freedom Fest 2017 and the Anthem Film Festival

Freedom Fest Las Vegas Nevada Cop Block CopBlockThis year, members of Nevada Cop Block will be attending Freedom Fest, which is held annually here in Las Vegas. Freedom Fest 2017, which will be hosted by the Paris Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, marks the tenth anniversary of the “world’s largest libertarian gathering.”

The theme for the Freedom Fest this year is, “Exploring New Frontiers.” A title that is no doubt inspired by the fact that Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, will be serving as a keynote speaker this year. Other notable speakers include John Stossel, Steve Forbes (whose 70th birthday will be incorporated into the events), Nick Gillespie, and John McAffee, along with many more. In addition, as always, there will be multiple panel discussions, debates, and breakout sessions devoted to libertarian ideas and theories.

The Police on Trial

What I expect to be one of the highlights will be the mock trial that this year features “the police on trial.” It is described this way on the event site:

What is the state of policing in America? Are the police overstepping their bounds and eroding the rights of citizens? What about the safety of the police officers who have promised to protect and serve? Fox Business host Kennedy, who hosts her own show on Fox Business, is back as the judge in our mock trial, the most popular event at FreedomFest.

This year we’ll put “The Police on Trial,” accused of violating property rights (through civil asset forfeitures), racial discrimination, and using excessive force with SWAT team and individual arrests. She’ll oversee prosecuting attorney Neill Franklin (Baltimore Police Department), defending attorney Larry Elder (popular radio talk show host), and star witnesses Adam Bates (Cato), Daniel Franklin (NAACP), Larry Burns (Las Vegas Police Department), and Dan Bongino (NYPD, Secret Service). Not to be missed.
FreedomFest Mock Trial Police Las Vegas Nevada Cop BlockThat should be interesting. (I say: Guilty as charged. Watch the video here and see what their verdict was: https://youtu.be/z3eftVK8rFE)

Anthem Film Festival

The other major attraction of Freedom Fest is the Anthem Film Festival, which has accompanied it for the past seven years. The stated goal of the film festival, which includes, documentaries, narrative films, and short features, is to provide a venue for filmmakers who care about individuality and libertarian ideals. In addition to the screenings, each film also features a panel discussion with those involved in making them afterwards.

Of course, if you’ve followed Nevada Cop Block recently you also know that the film festival has special relevance this year for Las Vegas and anti-police brutality activists working within the city. On Thursday, July 20th, at 3:20pm, the documentary “What Happened in Vegas,” by Ramsey Denison, will be screening inside the Versailles 3 Theater.

As I’ve already described several times on this site, “What Happened in Vegas” details the many crimes, corruption, and cover-ups of the LVMPD. Along with other local cases of abuse, racism, and police brutality, it focuses on the murders of Trevon Cole, Erik Scott, Stanley Gibson, and Tashii Farmer-Brown by Las Vegas police officers, as well as the cover-ups that followed them. (See below for the official movie trailer and links to related posts on NVCopBlock.org.)

The post screening panel will also include a press conference attended by the mother and other family members of Tashii Farmer-Brown. This will be the first public appearance by Brown’s family since he was murdered by LVMPD Officer Kenneth Lopera at the Venetian Hotel and Casino on May 14th. Lopera has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter, after the local community reacted with outrage at his actions.

Brown had approached Ofc. Lopera and another Metro officer requesting help. Instead of being treated like someone needing help he was instead treated like a criminal even though he was not suspected of or wanted in connection with any crime at the time. After he became afraid and tried to leave, he was chased, beaten, tased seven times, and eventually choked to death by Lopera.

Personally, I’m looking forward to Freedom Fest and especially to the screening of “What Happened in Vegas” during the Anthem Film Festival. Hopefully, you’re going to be there, too. If you see me or one of the other members of Nevada Cop Block out there say hello.

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Update: NYPD Cop Who Got Drunk, Broke Into a Woman’s House, and Repeatedly Assaulted Her Given Probation

Almost exactly a year ago, I posted on the CopBlock Network about Officer Eugene Donnelly of the NYPD. As I reported then, within hours of having received an award for bravery at a June 2014 ceremony (pictured above) presided over by both Mayor De Blasio and former NYPD Commission Bill Bratton, Donnelly went out with a group of fellow officers to celebrate. That victory party culminated in him passing out drunk at a friend’s apartment in the Bronx.

However, that was not the end of the festivities for Officer Donnelly. Sometime during the night, he forced his way into an apartment within the same building, threw the woman who lived there to the ground while yelling about children and guns, and then hit her at least twenty times in the head, because he (apparently) thought she worked for Child Protective Services. After some unspecified amount of time, he then realized he had done some crazy shit and ran out of the apartment in nothing but a pair of black boxers. (See video embedded below.) Before that though, he reportedly added insult to injury by drinking milk out of his victim’s refrigerator – straight from the carton, no less.

He later tried to claim that all of this happened because he was sleep walking.

Via the New York Post:

Eugene Donnelly, who gave the snoozy defense in court last week, is wearing only a pair of black boxers as he tries to flee a Bronx building where, moments earlier, he allegedly pummeled the total stranger.

Donnelly first enters the frame in the lobby at 5:43 a.m. and runs out to the street. He then tries to get back inside but is locked out and leaves again. When a cop car passes by, he goes back to the vestibule where he frantically rings buzzers.

Seconds before the damning footage, his alleged victim is seen running through the lobby in her bathrobe as she desperately tries to get away.

A day earlier, Donnelly had been given a Combat Cross by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for ­arresting a gunman who fired at him in 2012.

Sources said he spent the night drinking before crashing at a fellow cop’s place in the victim’s building.

The 32-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified, shared details of the 2014 nightmare for the first time with The Post.

She said she was in bed when Donnelly kicked in her door wearing nothing but the shorts.

She ran toward the door, screaming, “Help!”

“He came rushing toward me and punched me in the face, hard enough to knock me to the floor,” she recalled.

“It was so sudden.”

He then got on top of her and continued hitting her, she said. “I was lying on the ground and he . . kept punching me, really fast, nonstop, pummeling me.

“He was screaming, ‘Shut the f–k up, you ACS bitch! I know there are kids in here! I know there are guns!’

“I had no idea what he was talking about . . . I thought I was going to die,” she said.

At one point, the fearful woman dialed 911, but was afraid to speak because he was still in the apartment.

When she heard him walk into her kitchen, she put on a bathrobe, ran out of her apartment and knocked on neighbors’ doors for help.

To sweeten the deal a little bit, Officer Donnelly also is facing a DWI charge from May of 2016. In that incident, Donnelly had to be pried out of his own car after it collided with three parked cars and flipped on its side. (See second video embedded below.) He was reportedly, according to witnesses, going 65 to 70 miles per hour on a city street prior to the collision.

These charges would probably tell you that Officer Donnelly has some serious issues with self control and either one of them would probably indicate that he’s a danger to the public when he inevitably loses control. So this is a guy you’d think should more than likely not be working as a cop and should even be given some sort of harsh punishment to discourage him from this type of behavior in the future.

Or not. Instead Donnelly will be sentenced to three years of probation as part of a plea deal and “could” be fired from the NYPD if he is convicted on the DWI charges, which have yet to go to trial. That’ll keep him on the straight and narrow.

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New York Police Captain States that Date Rape is “Not a Trend that We’re Too Worried About”

During an online interview, an NYPD captain stated that the department isn’t too concerned about date rapes and instead concentrates on “true stranger rapes.” Captain Peter Rose, who is the commander of New York’s 94th Precinct (not the baseball guy) located in Greenpoint, was responding to questions about a 62 percent increase in sexual attacks within the area and a low rate of arrests having been made in those attacks at the time. His answer that “It’s not a trend that we’re too worried about because out of 13 [sex attacks], only two were true stranger rapes,” hasn’t exactly gone over well, either publicly or professionally.

Via the New York Post:

Rose admitted to DNA Info that he gives priority to catching the perverts who randomly rape strangers, not those who attack dates or other acquaintances.

“Some of them were Tinder, some of them were hookup sites, some of them were actually coworker — it’s not a trend that we’re too worried about because out of 13 [sex attacks], only two were true stranger rapes,” he told the news website.

“If there’s a true stranger rape — a random guy picks up a stranger off the street — those are the troubling ones,” he blathered.

“That person has, like no moral standards,” he said.

At a meeting of the precinct’s community council on Wednesday night, Rose stuck his foot further down his throat.

“They’re not total abomination rapes where strangers are being dragged off the street,” he said of Greenpoint’s hike in acquaintance rapes, DNAinfo reported.

Mayor de Blasio’s office came down on the police boss.

“Rape is rape,” stressed spokesman Eric Phillips, while the NYPD rushed to clarify that all sex assaults are taken seriously by the police.

“Every report of rape is thoroughly investigated by specially trained detectives in the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit,” NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said, referring to the remarks by Capt. Peter Rose, commander of Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct.

“All complaints of rape and other types of sexual crimes are taken seriously whether they are committed by domestic partners, acquaintances, or strangers,” Davis said.

Still, Rose does not face disciplinary action, a police official told The Post — “due to the fact that these comments may have been mistated and misinterpreted.” The official asked not to be identified by name.

Public Advocate Letitia James joined Friday in condemning Rose’s remarks, saying in a statement that she was “extremely disturbed and concerned by comments suggesting that stranger rapes are ‘the troubling ones.’

“Too often, victims of rape and sexual crimes do not come forward because of fear that their claims won’t be taken seriously, and these comments perpetuate those concerns,” she said.

The women’s rights group UltraViolet called for Rose’s firing, saying his remarks were “deeply disturbing coming from a police captain.”

While I’m hardly surprised that he isn’t going to be punished in any way whatsoever outside of some politicians making angry comments, I’m not quite sure how you “misinterpret” a guy, who’s in charge of an entire city precinct where rapes have dramatically increased and arrests have are relatively rare, stating that “we aren’t too worried about” the majority of those rapes. In fact, that seems like it might be an explanation for those two factors. Maybe you need a different guy in there who is a little more troubled by it.

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Video Shows Three NYPD Officers Hitting Man in the Face After He’s Pinned on the Ground

Bystander video posted to Youtube on Tuesday of a man being arrested by three NYPD officers shows them repeatedly punching him in the face as he is held down on his stomach on the ground. Alexis Jasmin, who recorded the cellphone video while riding on the bus, also had posted the video to Facebook on the morning of New Year’s Eve, the day that it happened.

Apparently, the man being beat in the video, Heriberto Nunez, wasn’t happy that the officers had given him a ticket and cursed at the cops, while sitting in his car. The unnamed cops, who were already in their own van preparing to leave, then jumped out and began arresting him. It’s of course not illegal to curse at the police, which means their assault upon and arrest of the man was completely unlawful.

Within her Facebook post (embedded below), Jasmin described the attack:

This man was already in his car and the police were in the van getting ready to pull off. Granted the man did stick his head out the window and say a few choice words. But please tell me why the cops got out the van, snatched him out of his car and proceeded to do this to him . Please explain to me why the officer kept bashing his face like that . This is exactly why i hate the police . His hands were already tied and he kept hitting the man in the face until bloody. RIDICULOUS!!

For their part, New York Police Department sources say that Nunez “lashed out” at the officers after receiving the ticket (which, once again, isn’t illegal) and claim that he was resisting their unlawful arrest, even though the video clearly shows him pinned to the ground by the three officers, with his hands already behind his back, being hit in the face for over 40 seconds, prior to them lifting him up and throwing him against their van.

According to the New York Daily News, Nunez was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration. He’s since been released without bail.

Meanwhile, none of the cops involved have been disciplined, although the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is currently conducting an “investigation” prior to making that situation official.

 

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Update: Federal Lawsuit Filed Against NYPD for Unnecessary Shooting of Brooklyn Dog “Macho”

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Matt Albert, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

The post consists of a press release discussing a federal lawsuit that Mather Albert, the lawyer for Brooklyn resident Raven Garcia whose dog, “Macho,” was shot by the NYPD last year, has filed against the department. After officers let Macho out of Garcia’s house and without him posing any legitimate threat, Officer Abiola Errico shot him. That shooting was captured on video (included above) and shows that not only was Macho not a threat, but that the Errico endangered other people who were standing or walking in the area at the time.

The lawsuit also states that Garcia was subsequently held within a police car while NYPD officers illegally searched her residence. Garcia maintains in the lawsuit that this ransacking of her apartment was really an effort find something in order to justify the shooting of her dog. However, nothing illegal was found in her apartment.

A previous post on this incident by Ademo was published here at the CopBlock Network last year, shortly after it happened.

Date of Incident: February 5, 2015
Officer Involved: Officer Abiola Errico
Department Involved: NYPD; 83rd Precinct
Department Address: 480 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Department Phone No.: (718) 574-1605
Community Affairs No.: (718) 574-1697
Twitter Account: @NYPD83Pct
Facebook Page: 83rd Precint NYPD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, December 21, 2016
CONTACT:  Matt Albert, The Law Offices of Matthew Albert Esq.
                        (716) 445-4119 | [email protected]

FACEBOOK PAGE:  Justice-4-Macho

Federal Claim Served Upon The NYPD For Shooting German Shepherd “Macho” in 2015

BUFFALO, NY – A Brooklyn dog owner has filed a Federal lawsuit relating back to an incident occurring on February 5, 2015 when her then 8 year-old German Shepherd, aka Macho, was shot by New York Police Department Officer Abiola Errico. Police were responding to a call on Bushwick Avenue about an allegedly unpaid taxi fare when they went to the home of resident Raven Garcia. The complaint, as supported by affidavits sworn to by neighbors who witnessed the incident, alleges that the police let the animal out as they entered Garcia’s apartment, and then Abiola shot the canine as he was calmly walking down the street.

The Officers refused to render aid to the injured animal, prompting a bystander and witness to call for help themselves. Garcia’s attorney, Buffalo based animal and civil rights attorney Matthew Albert, alleges that Garcia was then arrested and her home swarmed and searched by officers, in an effort to find drugs and somehow justify the shooting of Macho.

No contraband was found in Garcia’s home, and the criminal charges have since been dismissed against Garcia, paving the way for this Federal lawsuit to be commenced.

Aside from the lawsuit related to the shooting of Garcia’s companion animal, who has since recovered, Garcia also alleges that the NYPD continued to mistreat her by taking her into custody, dehydrating her, ridiculing her, and handcuffing her to a bench for a long period of time in frigid conditions while she only wore shorts and a tank top.

“This is a perfect example of the type of incident that has eroded the public’s faith in law enforcement,” said Albert. “The most benign of phone calls resulted in a dog being shot, and an entire platoon trying to cover up the brutal crime of a fellow Officer and then torturing an New York University graduate student and artist. The NYPD, and too many law enforcement officials in general, have a unique ability to escalate events so that everything ends in bloodshed. It’s disgraceful.”

– Matt Albert

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Not a Happy Meal: Drunk, Impatient U.S. Marshal Pulled Gun on McDonald’s Cashier and Customers

Deputy U.S. Marshal Charles Brown had the drunken munchies and just couldn’t be bothered to wait in line like some sort of mortal. So the off-duty Hero began yelling and complaining at a Brooklyn McDonald’s about how long it was taking for him to get his Un-Happy Meal. When that didn’t speed things up sufficiently, Brown pulled out his gun; first pointing it at the cashier, then at customers in the line behind him who had voiced supported for the cashier.  That apparently did the trick and soon after Deputy Marshal Brown paid for his food (because stealing is wrong) and was on his drunken way.

Meanwhile, other employees within the Mickey-D’s were in the process of calling 911 during his quick draw demo. Not long after, Brown was caught a few blocks away by NYPD officers with his loaded service pistol in his waistband and arrested on “a slew of charges, including menacing, harassment and violating firearm license regulations.”

The reactions to all this were apparently somewhat mixed. As would be expected, cashier Joanna Diaz was shook up a bit and, according to unnamed co-workers, didn’t show up the next day for her scheduled shift. Meanwhile, a customer named Heather Polamis and who is described as a “shocked receptionist” is rethinking her dining options and is quoted as saying, ““You can’t go anywhere today without something happening.”

However, another customer seems to be a little more accepting of Deputy Marshal Brown’s dinner rush, because she’s read a lot of Fake News stories about how stressful and dangerous having to wait for your food like everyone else can be for Good Cops. “Margaret Johnson, said she suspected that the munchie-motivated man simply ‘snapped.’ – ‘[U.S. Marshals] are under a lot of pressure,’ the 74-year-old said. ‘They’re under a lot of stress. They risk their lives every day.'”

Note: There seems to be two slightly different versions of this story being reported. Via the Daily Mail:

Another report by NBC New York, however, states that Brown is accused of getting into an argument with a 25-year-old male employee.

Brown then left and came back with a black gun, threatening the employee from outside, police said according to the network.

In the second version, Brown also left the store without any food. Regardless, Deputy Marshal Brown will reportedly need to find a new midnight snack destination now. A Brooklyn Criminal Court judge issued an order of protection against him on behalf of the McDonald’s and the cashier during his initial court appearance. He was, of course, released without bail, though.

P.S. – Yes, you did read that correctly. The U.S. Marshal’s name is in fact Charlie Brown, which makes this clown on clown violence. (You saw what I did there.)

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NYPD Cop “Punished” by Loss of Five Days Vacation For Throwing Handcuffed Teen Through Window

Last Year, CopBlock Network contributor Asa J wrote about a May 2014 incident in which a 14 year old boy was assaulted and thrown through a Bronx storefront window while handcuffed. That teen, Javier Payne, weighed just 89 pounds at the time he was deliberately and viciously attacked by NYPD Sgt. Eliezer Pabon, which was caught on surveillance video (embedded below) at the Hookah Spot, the owner of the window.

As a result of the injuries he sustained from being shoved through the window, Payne had to have emergency surgery to remove glass shards from his heart and lungs. He also had severe lacerations to his face. In all, over 50 stitches were required to close the wounds Sgt. Pabon inflicted upon Payne that day.

In spite of Payne almost being killed by Pabon’s actions, the New York District Attorney decided he should face no charges because the window already had a crack in it and he was wearing a Magical Suit at the he committed aggravated assault against a handcuffed teenager. The supposed justification for the potentially deadly act of child abuse was that Payne was “mouthing off to the officers.

Earlier this week, it was announced that after an internal disciplinary hearing Sgt. Pabon’s ultimate “punishment” will be to lose five whole days of vacation. Reportedly, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Trials Nancy Ryan recommended the five day penalty because she felt that pushing someone isn’t as bad as punching or kicking someone. Because you know if you or I came within inches of killing someone they would obviously say, “well at least he didn’t kick him” and give us a moderately painful slap on the wrist as punishment.

Not surprisingly, Payne’s family and lawyer were not too happy with the decision.

Via the New York Daily News:

The Bronx NYPD sergeant who shoved a handcuffed teen into a store window — shattering the glass and critically injuring the youth — was docked five vacation days, a penalty his lawyer called an “outrage” in light of a Daily News report about another cop punished more harshly for criticizing the mayor on video.

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton in May signed off on the penalty against Sgt. Eliezer Pabon, who was found guilty of using excessive force against then-14-year-old Javier Payne at an administrative trial, police sources said.

But the disciplinary action was shrouded in secrecy because it came after the NYPD reversed a decades-long policy of providing the media the results of disciplinary actions taken against police officers.

Word of Pabon’s punishment comes a day after The News reported that Bronx Officer Joseph Spina was docked eight vacation days for an April incident in which he was caught on video trashing the mayor while giving a driver a summons…

“Javier and his mother are outraged,” the attorney said. “You penalize one police officer for merely stating something verbally and you give him eight vacation days and another one who has been found guilty by a tribunal of using excessive force and nearly killing this young man — you’re giving him five days.

“What’s the public to think — that it’s worse for a cop to complain about his bosses than it is to lay his hands on people and use excessive force?” he added.

Payne and a friend were busted on Arthur Ave. in May 2014 for allegedly punching a man in the face after asking him for a cigarette.

Payne was handcuffed and apparently mouthing off when Pabon was seen on security surveillance video pushing him into the front window of Hookah Spot, a 24-hour convenience store.

The shattered glass nearly killed Payne. His lung was punctured and shards of glass had to be removed from near his heart.

“He had to be rushed into surgery,” Rynecki said. “It literally almost took his life.”

Of course, the public should at this point already be aware that police have free rein to attack and even murder citizens, but even those Heroes cannot be allowed to challenge their own political overlords. Throwing a mere mortal through a window in no way compares to disrespecting the hierarchy of government. The lives of “the public” are expendable. The precious system that ensures that remains the case isn’t.

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NYPD Cop in Charge of Vetting Character of Recruits Arrested for Pulling Gun on Woman in Road Rage Incident

After a woman accidentally cut NYPD Officer Donald Vale off in Long Island he chased after her and then pulled his gun and threatened her. However, once he concluded his road rage induced confrontation that began, according to the New York Daily News, on the southbound Sagtikos Parkway near the Southern State Parkway and drove away, the unnamed victim wrote down his license plate number.

He later confessed to brandishing his weapon to New York State Police investigators after being tracked down to his house. He’s now facing a second degree menacing charge and a pretty vicious slap on the wrist, once his paid vacation ends.

Via Complex.com:

According to the New York Daily News, officer Donald Vale was driving in Long Island on Sunday afternoon. At around 4:10 p.m., the victim accidentally cut him off in traffic. Vale reportedly became enraged and began to pursue the woman who had cut him off, then allegedly threatened her with his firearm. Vale was caught because the victim wrote down his license plate number as the off-duty cop sped away from the scene, and gave the information to police when she filed a report.

Sources with the NYPD told the New York Daily News that Vale was interviewed about the reported incident, and admitted to pursuing the woman after she cut him off. Vale, who has been with the New York police force for 14 years, has been charged by the NYPD with menacing. He has been suspended pending the results of the case against him, according to the New York Daily News.

The real kicker to this story is that Officer Vale, who is a 14 year veteran (I’m sure this is the first time he’s ever snapped over something minor and that he also never “flew into a rage” while on duty during those 14 years), is a member of the NYPD’s Character Assessment Section. That means Officer Vale is one of the guys who decides if new recruits applying to be hired at the New York Police Department have the proper character to be police officers.

It’s truly surprising with such upstanding and rational people vetting the new hires that the NYPD is responsible for so many instances of corruption and violence toward citizens.

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Son of NYPD Police Union Head Pat Lynch Stripped of Gun and Badge After Off-Duty Firearm Incident

NYPD Officer Kevin Lynch, the son of Pat Lynch, the biggest Hero in New York and also the president of the New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, has been placed on “modified duty” after he and a rookie officer were involved in an incident with a firearm and subsequently failed to report it.

The younger Lynch was with Officer Robert Smilove in a car belonging to Smilove’s mother near her house in Queens when the incident happened. Smilove reportedly had just bought a new .38 caliber revolver and was in a hurry to show it off to his work buddy. While doing so, he managed to accidentally fire off a round.

Obviously, these Heroes, especially the one with the golden pedigree, did the proper thing and waited for police to arrive so they could explain the situation and, if necessary, accept their slap on the wrist, right? Actually, not so much. Instead, Lynch the Younger and Officer Smilove jumped out and ran away into the night. In the process, they abandoned the car belonging to Smilove’s mother, which had a fresh bullet hole in the windshield.

nypd-union-president-pat-lynchNot surprisingly, the NYPD was able to figure out who might be involved (without even calling in Columbo) by simply running the plates on the car. After walking a block or so, they found Smilove at his mother’s house where he also lives. (Apparently, these rookies aren’t quite on the gravy-train yet, salary-wise.)

Once the great getaway was over and Smilove was cornered in his mommy’s house, he apparently confessed and provided the gun, which had four live rounds and the one expended casing still inside the chambers. According to the New York Daily News, “It’s not clear how police learned Lynch was present.” I’m guessing someone crossed the Thin Blue Line, but that’s purely speculation on my part at this point.

The NY Daily News story also states that Officer Smilove hadn’t reported to the NYPD that he had bought the gun, which apparently is a requirement. Smilove has been suspended as a result of all this. There’s also a rumor started by me that his mother has put him on restriction and taken his cell phone away. He has only been on the force since January of this year and is still on probation with the department. According to a “high-level source” he isn’t expected to be celebrating his anniversary, although no official punishment has been meted out yet. It’ll probably be several months before he gets hired by another department once his termination becomes official.

As for Little Lynch, he’s still on the force and is not expected to be fired as a result (surprise). However, until they come up with a way to make it sound like the slap on the wrist he will receive was a legitimate punishment, he has been reassigned to the proverbial desk duty.

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Former NYPD Sergeant Given Just Three Months in Jail After Committing $600,000 Social Security Fraud

Earlier this week, former NYPD Sgt. Thomas Shea was sentenced to just three months in jail for committing Social Security fraud over the course of two decades. Shea collected over $600,000 in disability payments after retiring from the New York Police Department due to a shoulder injury in 1993. However, from 1999 to 2014 he also worked as a commercial truck driver for several different companies.

Shea only came clean once he was informed that his claim was being investigated. (I.E. he knew he was about to get caught.) And his original injury claim was actually fake as well, based on a diagnosis from a crooked doctor. So there’s no real evidence that he had anything in mind except self-preservation when he confessed to his transgressions.

Via the New York Post:

Shea’s lawyer, Joseph Murray, asked for a probationary sentence with no imprisonment telling Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff, “To go in [to prison] and come out a convicted felon, where is he going to get a job? Tom Shea should be made to pay. Allow him to continue to work at it, where being in prison he’s stifled.”

Shea made full restitution of the $622,843 he ripped off, before sentencing.

“He only came forward after Social Security sent him a notice they were gong to redetermine his case. He came forward because he thought he had been caught,” US Attorney Sagar Ravi Ravi said in arguing for jail time.

Shea told Judge Rakoff, “Approximately 20 years ago I made the worst decision of my life. I knew I was committing fraud and not a day went by I wasn’t looking over my shoulder. I was looked up to and now I bow my head in shame.”

Answered Judge Rakoff, “Here’s the issue, you have the amount of money, over $600,000 — and the longevity —a couple of decades. As always with crimes of this nature it exposes an inconsistency even a hypocrisy of the person holding themselves to others as doing right.”

Obviously that’s a nice speech by the judge who sentenced him to just three months in jail, except it is entirely invalidated by that very tiny three month slap on the wrist that nobody who hadn’t worn a Magical Suit and Shiny Badge would ever come close to receiving. That’s kind of the definition of inconsistency.

It’s also nice that his lawyer is so concerned about the plight of felons and their diminished job prospects. I’m sure that argument works well in Judge Rakoff’s courtroom when applied to the average citizen accused of stealing over $600,000.

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